This week’s column features three metro-area hall-of-famers, an early commit to the University of Minnesota, a football team not missing a beat, and a two-sport prep prospect.
Bacon, Perryman, Ruffin in athletic hall of fame
Former metro prep superstars Kawaskii Bacon, Adrian Perryman and Tyrone Ruffin were inducted into the Concordia-St. Paul Athletic Hall of Fame this past summer.
Bacon starred collegiately for the Golden Bears as a sprinter in track and field after an outstanding prep career at Minneapolis Edison that included exceptional play in football as well.
After graduating from Edison in 2004, Bacon went on to become a 15-time All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) selection and eight-time NCIS champion in track and field before earning his business administration degree in 2009.
Perryman, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies (2007) and a Master’s degree in strategic communication management (2018), excelled in football and track and field after an outstanding career at St. Paul Central in both sports. He was a 12-time NSIC champion on the track.
Graduating in 2004, Ruffin was one of the state’s top wide receivers during his prep career at Wayzata High School before setting the record for most receiving yards at Concordia-St. Paul with 2,930, along with being a two-time all NSIC pick. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2009 and Master of Arts in 2012.
Holloway commits early to U of M
Eden Prairie High School junior Nia Holloway, a 6’1” forward who is among the state’s top girls’ basketball players, has recently committed via social media that she will attend the University of Minnesota as part of Head Coach Lindsay Whalen’s recruiting class of 2022. Whalen was a former Gopher point guard and WNBA legend.
Minneapolis North continues to roll
Head Coach Charles Adams has Minneapolis North’s football team picking up where they left off with the team sporting a 3-0 record. The team is led on offense by quarterback and North Carolina A&T commit Zach Yeager, running back Terance Kamara and receiver Mario Sanders, along with a defensive unit led by linebacker Dave Wylie, cornerback Jaheim Abdullah and defensive end Kesh’on Walker.
Townley one of the state’s best
Minneapolis North’s Davon Townley has become a big contributor to the Polars’ football team as a tight end and defensive end, but the 6’7” senior forward is also one of the state’s top basketball prospects after averaging 17.1 and 9.1 rebounds last season, leading his team to a 19-8 record.
Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald is a contributing columnist at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.